• Singapore SGP
  • +65 90996232
  • cwdrose@gmail.com

Damien Chua

Counselor 

Summary

Caring and responsible counsellor. Has a strong background working with young adults. Extensive counselling experience encompasses a range of issues including depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship and grief counselling, trauma and suicide prevention. My particular area of interest lies in mental health as it relates to physical and social wellbeing.

Work History

Work History

Swim teacher 

Jul 2013 - Present
Starfish Swim School  

Responsibilities

Deliver the club's in-house 8 stations swim program designed for children aged 5 and above. The program includes Breath Management, Body Balance, Floating, Basic Water Safety, and Swim Stroke Technique in Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly.

Provide a transparent, comprehensive, structured and systematic syllabus of teaching and learning.

Provide an enjoyable learning experience for the students. 

Submit weekly reports on students' progress 

Prepare students to be ready for grading at the end of term. 

Achievements 

Receive positive feedback on teaching methodologies. 




Counselor 

Jul 2015 - Present
National University of Singapore 

Responsibilities:

Provide assessment, counselling and mental health consultation services to student clients on issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship, family issues, coping with academic stress. 

Worked in a multidisciplinary team to provide counselling and social services to students in need, including those with health issues, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression and family issues. 

Assessed psychosocial needs of clients in accordance with professional practice standards and Code of Ethics

Advocated for clients and coordinated services with other departments. 

Provided telephone crisis support services to those in crisis. Provided after-hours support when required. 

Conduct talks and workshops to promote CPS' services and support the well-being of the NUS Community

 

Achievements:

Appointed as the chairperson for the organising committee for Synergy 2015. 

90% of clients complete Intake Feedback Form and  have 80% of these clients indicate that they agree or strongly agree with the identified question, (After the session, I feel comfortable to continue to access CPS's services when I need it), in the Intake Feedback Form.

80% of clients indicate that they agree or strongly agree with the 3 identified questions in the Client Feedback Form

  1. I felt cared for and supported by the therapist/group facilitator.
  2. Overall, the counselling/group was helpful.
  3. I would recommend counselling/group at CPS to a friend

- Complete all Intake and Counselling documentation within 2 weeks of the session.

- Complete all Crisis Assessment documentation within 5 days working days of the Crisis assessment.

Demonstrated empathy and professionalism at all times

Able to establish therapeutic relationship  with most of the clients

Developed a particular interest in and knowledge of health issues and how they impact on the psychosocial state of the client.

Provided the highest quality of care at all times and helped many clients with both acute and chronic issues

Optimised psychosocial outcomes for clients and their carers

Worked successfully with clients of different nationalities and backgrounds

Gained invaluable training and experience in crisis support and counselling

Achieving the department target of having 80% of participants indicating that the service and facilitator are satisfactory, good or excellent. 

Permanent relief teacher 

Jan 2009 - Oct 2014
Jurong West Primary School

Responsibilities:

 Tasked to teach lower primary maths, physical education as well as non-core subjects such as social studies and health education.

 Liaison with parents to provide them with feedback on their child progress as well as on disciplinary offences committed by their child.

 Provide basic administrative support to the schools on matters relating to the form class, collection and distribution of forms and updating of test results to the respective level subject heads.

Attended weekly school and department meetings 

Attended internal training within the school.

Attended annual streaming meeting for primary 4 to provide recommendations to school management regarding the class placement of students. 

Achievements

75% of the students were able to achieve results better than their targeted scores. 

Swim Teacher 

Jul 2009 - Jul 2012
Aquatics Performance Swim Club 

Responsibilities

Deliver the club's in-house 8 stations swim program designed for children aged 4 and above. The program includes Breath Management, Body Balance, Floating, Basic Water Safety, and Swim Stroke Technique in Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly.

Provide a transparent, comprehensive, structured and systematic syllabus of teaching and learning.

Provide an enjoyable learning experience for the students. 

Submit weekly reports on students' progress 

Prepare students to be ready for grading at the end of term. 

Achievements 

Receive positive feedback on teaching methodologies. 

Education

Education

Masters in Arts Counseling and guidance 

Aug 2012 - Jul 2015
 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 


The Master of Arts (Counselling and Guidance) is a professional degree which comprises 42 Academic Units (AUs). The core areas covered have been identified as the essential competency areas for counsellors by Council for the Accreditation of Counselling and other Related Educational Programmes (CACREP) in USA, and the Singapore Association for Counselling. For clinical instruction, a total of 400 hours (100 hours of face to face and 100 hours of associated services for each practicum) is required. 

B.Sc Psychology 

Aug 2007 - Jul 2011
Singapore Inisitute of Management University, Singapore 

The B.sc psychology consists of a total of 130 credit units (cu), inclusive of 10 cu of university core courses. Below is the breakdown of the cu to be completed:

  • 45 cu of Psychology core courses;
  • 20 cu of Social Science core courses;
  • 45 cu of Psychology elective courses;
  • 10 cu of Social Science elective courses; and
  • 10 cu of University core courses.

The degree provides grounding in various fields of psychology, including organisational, social, personality, abnormal, developmental, and cognitive psychology, as well as research methods and statistics.

Skills

Skills

Mircosoft Office 

Profficency Intermediate

Certifications

Certifications

NOVA Crisis Response Team 

Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

NOVA Crisis Response Team (CRT) training has nearly thirty years (since 1986) of evidence-informed and field-tested best practices as a crisis management utility that includes trauma mitigation and education protocols. With over ten thousand trained in North America and internationally, NOVA CRT training is an effective tool that can be instantly scaled-up for mass-casualty critical incidents. NOVA’s Basic CRT training is twenty-four hours.

Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop 

Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
Samaritans of Singapore 

The SISW is a 2-day (14 hr) workshop to raise awareness and train professionals to support clients who may be at risk of suicide.

Participants of the SISW workshop will learn:  How their personal attitudes and beliefs towards suicide affect their work  About the suicide situation in Singapore  To empathise with a suicidal person  How to assess suicide risk  Useful intervention skills  The importance of self-care and about community resources available

References 

Neo Wei Sheng 

Manager
Boston Consulting group 
Phone: +65 91137516
Email: weisheng.n@gmail.com

Daryl Ong 

Teacher 
Jurong West Primary School 
Phone: +65 9644 4321
Email: ong_wei_Lun_daryl@moe.edu.sg

Language 

Proficiency                                          Spoken                         Written 

Mandrian 7/106/10
English 7/107/10
Hokkien/ Teochew 6/10N.A